Saturday, May 31, 2014
I providentally ran across this information about a diet found to be effective for sufferers of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), which I have had pretty much all of my life but was only diagnosed in my mid-30's. I am also lactose intolerant, so having bouts of diarrhea or constipation are common, even with Beano and Lactose enzyme supplements. My worst symptom is gas, and distended stomach (even when I was slender) and that has been a daily problem.
However, I recently began to notice that I seemed to also experience extreme gas when I had a lot of carbohydrate, especially with whole grain products, and with Soy products. Soy is basically a bean, so that's no surprise, but the seeming wheat was a surprise to me. Then I ran across a video from Dr. Samid who appears on several major networks (NBC and now regularly on FOX that I know of) mentioning the success of this FODMAP diet for IBS. I especially eliminates all wheat products. I had been enthusiastically using whole grains to get much of my fiber to help improve the constipation problem (along with lots of water) and even a prebiotic organic acacia fiber for IBS sufferers by Heather's tummy fibers (she has a great blog, too, and recipes).
This is going to add a little more stress to my meal planning as I am just getting back to tackling my weight loss after gaining back a bunch of weight over the past year and a half. And I'm going to miss some of my favorite foods. But the indication is that within 6 to 8 weeks I should see definite improvement, so I know I can do this if I double-down, and still maintain my healthy eating and weight loss diet.
For anyone interested, check out a couple of good explanations of FODMAP at the following sites or do your own searches.
If anyone else has tried this, I would love to hear of your experiences and results.
Linda, the Beach Sandpiper (the active plumpish one)